MIAMI -- Ryan Tannehill was named the Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback Monday for the team's season-opener at the Houston Texans.
"This is the best decision we can make at the given time," coach Joe Philbin said.
Philbin said both Tannehill and Matt Moore, who finished last season as the Dolphins' starter, were professional when informed of his choice.
Tannehill, selected eighth overall by Miami in the 2012 draft, finished 11 of 23 for 100 yards against the Panthers on Saturday night. He played the entire first half and led six possessions -- four of which ended in three-and-out. He found himself under heavy duress most of the game as the Panthers sacked him three times and batted down three balls at the line of scrimmage.
David Garrard was atop the Dolphins' opening depth chart in training camp, but the free-agent addition has been sidelined since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month.